The Marshall County Sheriff's Office Project Lifesaver Program helps provide a quicker response to save lives and reduce potential for serious injury for adults and children who tend to wander due to various cognitive conditions. This is accomplished through the use of specialized electronic search and rescue equipment, technology and procedures, as well as communication skills dealing with peoples afflicted with cognitive conditions. It is designed to save lives and "bring loved ones home". When searching for loved ones that have these conditions every minute lost increases the risk of a tragic outcome. Without this Project Lifesaver technology searches can involve multiple agencies, countless man hours, and thousands of dollars and are very difficult to conduct in a timely manner.
Loved ones wear a small personal transmitter around the wrist or ankle that emits an individualized tracking signal. If an enrolled citizen goes missing, their caregiver notifies the Sheriff's Office, and trained Deputy Sheriff responds to the area in which they have wandered from. Most who wander are found within a few miles of their home, and search times can be greatly reduced.
Lt. Tom Sorrell is a certified instructor and heads up the Project Lifesaver program. We currently have four receivers, one per shift and every Deputy in the Sheriff's Office is certified in operating.
If you would like to enroll a loved one in this service you may call our Project Lifesaver Coordinator Lt. Tom Sorrell at 256-582-2034 and he will schedule a time to begin enrollment.